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MassDOT July Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 16

State Transportation Building
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza
Boston.

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On the MassDOT Blog

Green Line Extension Workforce Development

MassDOT and the MBTA have launched the Massachusetts Workforce Initiative Now (MassWIN) Green Line Extension Workforce Development program to identify, assess, train, and place community members into transportation related careers.

MassDOT and the MBTA worked closely with representatives from the Somerville Community Corporation, Jobs for Somerville, the Cities of Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Bunker Hill Community College, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and White Skanska Kiewit to identify job creation opportunities along the corridor.

The program aims to retain a sustainable workforce qualified to support the rapid evolving needs of transportation. MassWIN seeks to place trained community members in transportation and construction career paths. By expanding the local workforce, this program will contribute to the economic growth of the region. The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and Executive Office of Education will assist in developing MassWIN by identifying existing workforce development training programs and service providers that meet the needs of the MassWIN program and also identifying funding sources.

View the entire Workforce Development blog post

June 20, 2014

South Coast Rail Project Contract Approved

The MassDOT Board of Directors this week awarded a $210 million contract for the South Coast Rail Project, officially moving the much-anticipated project from planning into construction.

"South Coast Rail will be a game changer for the region, providing a reliable public transit option for residents and businesses of the South Coast," said Governor Deval Patrick. "This historic project will help create new economic opportunity in communities along the rail corridor, opening up the area for the kind of growth we are seeing elsewhere throughout the Commonwealth."

The 10-year contract for Program and Construction Management with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB)/HNTB Corporation awards $12 million in first year funding to begin program management, early design development, and environmental permitting, with additional awards in succeeding years up to the contract limit of $210 million.

"We have already taken numerous steps to advance South Coast Rail, and this management contract moves us decisively from planning to design and construction," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. "Public transit isn’t just about moving people from Point A to B. It's about giving people access to employment opportunities, recreation and an improved quality of life. The South Coast Rail will help open those doors for the communities in that region."

South Coast Rail will provide commuter service from New Bedford and Fall River to Boston South Station using the Northeast Corridor, Stoughton Commuter Rail Line, New Bedford Main Line and Fall River Secondary Line. The proposed service would be an electrified commuter rail system extending from Canton Junction to New Bedford and Fall River. The New Bedford to Boston route is 55 miles with a travel time of 77 minutes. The Fall River to Boston route is 52.7 miles and travel time of 75 minutes.

The project with a current estimated total budget of $2.3 billion will reconstruct 44 rail crossings and 34 bridges, in addition to four bridges and five crossings already in design as part of separate projects. New stations will be constructed in Stoughton, North Easton, Raynham Park, Taunton, Taunton Depot, Freetown, and Fall River. Current stations receiving new platforms include Canton Center, Easton Village, Kings Highway, Battleship Cove and Whale’s Tooth in New Bedford. All stations will be fully accessible.

The $12 million first year contract work will include program management, data collection including environmental site assessments, partial preliminary design, continuing of the environmental permitting process, and public outreach.

Wednesday's South Coast Rail Program Management contract approval builds on numerous prior investments supporting the project, including:

  • Installation of approximately 42,000 rail ties and spikes beginning in 2013 along 33 miles of right-of-way leading to Fall River and New Bedford.
  • The Commonwealth’s purchase of 30 miles of track, Taunton to Fall River and New Bedford, from CSX Transportation.
  • Rebuilding of three New Bedford rail bridges funded by a $20 million federal TIGER grant.
  • South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan strategic investments assisting 31 Corridor communities in preparing for passenger rail through sustainable development and appropriate land use.

Visit the South Coast Rail website to learn more about the project.

Governor Patrick: Holyoke Canal Walk Groundbreaking

Governor Deval Patrick this week joined officials from MassDOT and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs along with federal, state and local officials to break ground on improvements to the Holyoke Canal Walk. The $3.5 million investment in the Gateway City of Holyoke will connect pedestrians to historic Holyoke, the Holyoke Innovation District and Heritage State Park.

"Growth requires investment, and these investments in infrastructure will continue to spur economic development in Holyoke and beyond," said Governor Patrick. "The Canal Walk will improve the lives of the city’s residents now and for generations to come."

This second phase of the Canal Walk project will create approximately 3,000 feet of additional pedestrian walkways around the Holyoke Canal to connect to Heritage State Park, a Department of Conservation and Recreation facility. The work includes rehabilitation of a previously unused railroad bridge for pedestrian use along with sidewalk improvements, benches, lookouts over the canal and lighting.

The Canal Walk and Heritage State Park are located in the midst of the Transit Oriented Design Project connecting the new Multimodal Transportation Center on Maple Street near Holyoke City Hall. A new train platform to be built on nearby Dwight Street will serve as the stop for Knowledge Corridor passenger rail service coming to the Connecticut River Valley by the end of 2014.

"The Canal Walk is one of many transportation investments in the Holyoke region, including the arrival of passenger rail along the Knowledge Corridor by the end of this year," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. "We are working together with our partners in government, business, and the local community to bring new economy opportunity to Holyoke."

Bowker Overpass Repairs Public Meeting Set

MassDOT will hold a Public Information Meeting to discuss the proposed deck replacement and superstructure repairs on the Bowker Overpass over Beacon Street, Commonwealth Avenue and the Muddy River in Boston.

The meeting is scheduled for:
Monday, June 30, 6:00 pm, Boston Public Library, Johnson Conference Rooms, 700 Boylston Street

The meeting will include introduction of project contractor, SPS New England, work schedule review, and update of the Bowker Overpass Long Range Planning Study.

The project includes interim repairs to the superstructure and deck of the Bowker Overpass and associated ramps. Accelerated deterioration of the bridge structures requires repairs be made during the preliminary phase of the Bowker Overpass Long Range Planning Study. Work will include beam repairs, pin-and-hanger-retrofits, partial deck replacement and partial parapet replacement. These repairs are necessary to provide safe passage over and under the structures and to avoid unnecessary emergency repairs.

Project inquiries may be emailed to dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us

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